The Pro Take: Erin Blanchfield Has Star Turn Against Jessica Andrade at UFC Vegas 69

Jessica Andrade and Erin Blanchfield, UFC Vegas 69
Jessica Andrade and Erin Blanchfield, UFC Vegas 69 face-off Credit: Eddie Law/Cageside Press

UFC Vegas 69 was thrown for a loop when Marlon Vera vs. Cory Sandhagen was shifted to the San Antonio card next month. With the loss of that killer bantamweight match-up, Taila Santos vs. Erin Blanchfield was bumped up to the top of the marquee, and extended to five rounds.

The MMA Gods had other plans. Santos was forced out of the bout, and former women’s straweight champ Jessica Andrade stepped into the flyweight affair on just a week’s notice.

Could Andrade turn a short-notice flyweight fight into a strawweight title shot against Weili Zhang, as she clearly desired? Or would Blanchfield, a rising star among the UFC’s 125lb ranks, claim her biggest victory yet — with the possibility of a showdown with Valentina Shevchenko a distinct possibility?

As it turned out, Saturday was a star turn from Erin Blanchfield. She held her own on the feet against the powerful Andrade. Even getting one up on the ex-champ at times. Then, then the inevitable takedown finally came in the second, Blanchfield wasted no time. When Andrade gave up her back, Blanchfield locked up the rear-naked choke, forcing the tap.

The UFC Vegas 69 main event was a massive performance from Erin Blanchfield, who called for the winner of next month’s Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso flyweight title fight after the dust had settled.

The Pro Take

Here’s how some of Blanchfield’s peers saw the fight, with former champ Miesha Tate, Invicta FC champ Jillian DeCoursey, and former UFC title challenger Megan Anderson among those weighing in.

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